June 8, 2010

Is it just me??

Or does this happen to you too?

You are happily perusing blogs (at the moment without any harassment - which you know is short-lived) when all of a sudden a "warning" pops up telling you that you've got 6 trojan viruses, a million worms and that your computer is about TO DIE RIGHT NOW! 

Of course, this totally freaks me out.  Because this computer can't die!  We are still bonding!! (although we are getting closer every day.  I know I love it and I think it is beginning to love me back....at least until it pulls something like this....then I'm convinced it hates me and is trying to drive me mad.....)

So you click on the button that tells you it will save your whole world - if only you click on it.

Whereupon you are then transported to another site that tells you that "Yes, in fact your computer is DYING as we speak!  BUT!!  We can fix it if you just pay $50.00/yearly (oh and by the way, it's an automatic withdrawal from you account that you will promptly forget about and freak out about when it shows up next year) and download our super-fantastic application."

How these things even keep popping up, I'll never know.  But I'm wise to them.  Oh yes, I am.  Because it happened again today.  I immediately closed the window and ran my security software - which tells me, surprise, surprise . . . that there is nothing wrong with my computer.

Now if I could just get the guys to quit freaking out and hitting the button(s) whenever it happens to them........

13 comments:

  1. They are very sneaky those Trojans. You are a very wise woman, cos did you know (you probably do, being all techie minded) that by clicking on it, to then find out you have to pay...blah blah blah, that that IS THE trojan virus? Sure you knew anyway..Grandmother-eggs, sorry. x

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  2. Yes, I had tons of these before I moved away from a PC to a Mac. Now I don't have them at all. (smiling happily)

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  3. I have had those and it is scary!!

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  4. You can keep your computer virus free and spyware/malware free without paying a dime. All you have to do is be smart about what sites you go to (no porn) and don't click on every link you see. And the reason Macs have so few viruses is because no one is going to make a virus for six people. :P I'm actually using a Linux operating system at the moment (Ubuntu it's called) so I can't really say too much, haha.

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  5. Oh yes the nasty Trojans got me a while ago. I now have gazillions of protection on my mew laptop

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  6. i've found out that these get to your computer mostly through the ads that are on webpages that you browse. i know if you use Google Chrome as your internet browser that you can get an app called 'ad block' and it keeps ads from showing up while you're surfing the net. i started using it and haven't got one of those terrifying messages for months now.

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  7. Long ago, before I was so wise. I fell for something similar. It of course was a virus. I had to re-format the my whole computer. Yikes...I feel chills just remembering. I lost everything. Now, I'm wise and do my monthly backups.

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  8. Oooo never had one and definitely don't want one!

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  9. oooh, they are annoying those pop up thingumyies. Using google chrome i don't get those, have an add blocker thingy that stops them. very nice.

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  10. Your next computer buy mac you will no longer have this problem .. they are fab xx

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  11. I've not have that happen for a very long time but it was on my Mac when it happened-just once....Wildernesschic! :0(
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  12. You've got those pesky damn trojans...I hate those things. Worse than that is when they replicate themselves to look just like windows...super scary stuff.

    I downloaded Spybot and Adaware from CNET and I run them periodically to clean things up...they're my own personal Batman & Robin...only...ya know, minus the fetching, skin-tight attire.

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